ponderosa pine

noun
pon·​der·​o·​sa pine | \ ˌpän-də-ˈrō-sə- How to pronounce ponderosa pine (audio) , -zə- \

Definition of ponderosa pine

: a tall pine (Pinus ponderosa) of western North America with long needles usually in groups of two or three also : its strong reddish straight-grained wood

Examples of ponderosa pine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, in the hills west of Boulder, the ponderosa pine forests are overcrowded and unhealthy, and they haven’t been allowed to burn in their natural fire cycles for more than a hundred years. National Geographic, "Boulder, Colorado wakes up to the threat of worsening wildfires," 26 Oct. 2020 In the Rocky Mountain region over the next 30 years, climate change and wildfires could shrink ponderosa pine areas by 16 percent and Douglas fir acreage by 10 percent, according to research by Davis and colleagues in Environmental Research Letters. NBC News, "Fierce, frequent, climate-fueled wildfires may decimate forests worldwide," 22 Sep. 2020 The worst hit was Collier Memorial State Park near Klamath Falls, which lost 400 acres (162 hectares) of ponderosa pine and a historic cabin. Gillian Flaccus, Star Tribune, "Oregon grieves for natural places wiped out by wildfires," 22 Sep. 2020 Bill Gabbert, the former fire management officer for Mount Rushmore and six other national parks in the region, said shooting fireworks over the extremely flammable ponderosa pine forest should not be done. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "'We won't be social distancing' at Mount Rushmore celebration with Trump, says SD Gov. Noem," 1 July 2020 The Rowena Fire burned about 15 acres of grass, scrub oak and ponderosa pine near the Wasco County community of Rowena, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. oregonlive, "Columbia River Gorge wildfire almost fully contained, crews say," 30 June 2020 And the valley was nearly silent, except for the rushing waters of the Merced River and the wind blowing through the ponderosa pines. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Looking for the helpers near and far," 14 Apr. 2020 The team collected ponderosa pines from Montana, lilac shrubs from California, oak from Arizona and 18 other groups of species regularly burned in the West. Kyle Dickman, Scientific American, "The Hidden Toll of Wildfires," 1 Mar. 2020 Under optimal conditions, the Southwest lies on the dry margin of where ponderosa pine forest can exist. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "What If Our Forests Don't Come Back?," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of ponderosa pine

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ponderosa pine

New Latin ponderosa, specific epithet of Pinus ponderosa, from Latin, feminine of ponderosus ponderous

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“Ponderosa pine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ponderosa%20pine. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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